When it comes to inspirational source material, NASA’s archive of open source multimedia is a treasure trove for creatives. No, seriously.
Among others, French designer Harold Sangourd recently pulled some source material for the creation of his Apollo 11 Table—a tribute to the famous NASA expedition.
The table, which consists of molded fiberglass covering a lunar crater, was created using digital images from NASA’s archives to accurately recreate the surface of the moon. The space motif continues on down to the legs of the table—which are modeled closely after those of actual moon-landing spacecraft.
The table is closely modeled after Sangourd’s APOLLO Landscapes collection—a collection manufactured through a similar 3D modeling process using NASA’s open source imagery:
“In order to recreate the topology of the surface of the Moon, it was necessary to obtain digital files from the NASA archives,” explains Harow. “The physical properties of lunar soil are the result of the gradual disintegration of rocks, caused by continuous bombardment from meteorites over millions of years. The three surfaces (of the collection), recreated as mural installations, correspond precisely to areas of lunar earth.”
The resulting wall pieces, made from polyurethane and supported by a steel frame, are a clever use of NASA’s archives and a spot-on tribute to the day Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon.
See Sangourd’s full collection over at Harow.